Joely Rodriguez Named AFL Pitcher of the Week
Oct28

Joely Rodriguez Named AFL Pitcher of the Week

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced today that left-handed pitcher Joely Rodriguez was named the Arizona Fall League Pitcher of the Week. Rodriguez won both of his starts last week, giving up one run over eight innings. He allowed six hits, one walk and struck out eight batters. In four starts, he has a 1.35 ERA in 13.1 innings, holding batters to a .234 BAA, while posting a 13:3 SO/BB ratio. Rodriguez makes his next start on Friday...

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A Look at What Free Agency Could Bring For Russell Martin and Edinson Volquez
Oct28

A Look at What Free Agency Could Bring For Russell Martin and Edinson Volquez

Over the last two days, there have been a few articles written on two of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ free agents, Russell Martin and Edinson Volquez, looking at what those guys could make in free agency. In Martin’s case, everyone agrees that he will receive a huge payday, although there hasn’t really been a consensus on the amount he could receive, or the years. From the looks of things, there is no consensus in MLB...

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Update on Alen Hanson’s Hand Injury Doesn’t Sound Good
Oct27

Update on Alen Hanson’s Hand Injury Doesn’t Sound Good

Last night in the Dominican Winter League, Alen Hanson was hit on the right hand by a pitch from Daniel Cabrera and immediately left the game. It was reported that his hand was “pretty swollen” after the game and the extent of the injury was unknown. Reports from the Dominican today are that he is now in a cast and will probably be headed to Pittsburgh for further evaluations. It doesn’t sound like this is a minor...

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AFL: Should Josh Bell’s Lack of Power Worry Pirates Fans?
Oct27

AFL: Should Josh Bell’s Lack of Power Worry Pirates Fans?

The Scottsdale Scorpions played Monday afternoon with just one Pittsburgh Pirates player in the starting lineup. Josh Bell got the start at first base, as Scottsdale won 6-2 over Surprise, moving them to 9-9 on the season with 14 games left. Shortly before the game started, Bell was named to the Arizona Fall Leagues Fall-Stars game. Catcher Elias Diaz and pitcher Adrian Sampson will also represent the Pirates in the game. It will be...

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Josh Bell and Elias Diaz Named to AFL Fall-Stars Game
Oct27

Josh Bell and Elias Diaz Named to AFL Fall-Stars Game

The Arizona Fall League announced the representatives for the annual Fall-Stars game to be held this Saturday night. Pitcher Adrian Sampson, first baseman Josh Bell and catcher Elias Diaz will represent the Pittsburgh Pirates organization in the game. The game usually has two players from each team, with a few teams sending one representative due to roster limitations. It normally isn’t based on results, more it’s a...

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Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Leaves Game With Hand Injury
Oct26

Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Leaves Game With Hand Injury

In the Dominican on Sunday night, Alen Hanson singled in his first at-bat, then was hit by a pitch from Daniel Cabrera during his second plate appearance. The pitch hit Hanson on the hand and he immediately left the game. The early word on the injury was a swollen right hand, but no word on the severity of his injury or how much time he could miss. Mel Rojas Jr. went 0-for-5 with an RBI. His average dropped to .233 through 30 at-bats....

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